Add David Backes to the list of Olympic athletes who brought home stray dogs from Sochi. Bleedin’ Blue has the story and Backes has named the future St. Louisans Sochi Jake and Sochi Junior.
For the animals’ safety, Backes must put the pooches in a 30-day quarantine and they will receive vaccinations. But after that, the Russian puppies will be the newest Blues fans in St. Louis.
After starting off with the cuteness of puppies, let’s get to the morning skate.
- The NHL resumed yesterday and the Buffalo Sabres got a last minute goal to pick up a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Christian Ehrhoff scored the game-winner and tomorrow, Buffalo resumes the back-to-back home stand and will play Boston. – Sabre Noise
- Bad news for Tampa Bay fans. Steven Stamkos still isn’t ready to come back after the Olympic break. His expected return will be March 6, meaning he will miss the four-game road trip. So if you are planning to head to Nashville’s welcome back party on Thursday against Tampa Bay, you won’t see Stammer, but he will get the opportunity to come back on home ice. – Bolts by the Bay
- Brian Burke has offered Mike Cammallari a contract extension, which seems to indicate that Cammallari will not be traded unless he wants to sign. To get the Flames fans perspective, check out Flame For Thought.